Municipalities across Europe play a key role in closing the gap between need for change related to more energy efficient buildings and the lack of action due to numerous barriers. Creating local private public partnerships (PPP) driven by municipalities has shown a promising way forward. This guideline created by SmartEnCiy project partner ProjectZero is made for public officials in small and medium-sized municipalities around Europe looking for inspiration for an actionable and effective approach to improve energy efficiency in the existing building stock.
The SmartEnCity project partner, Sonderborg supply (Sønderborg Forsyning), is ready with a new waste system. Sonderborg is the Denmark’s first municipality in sorting into 10 fractions. The goal is to recycle 50% of household waste by 2022.
Housing association SAB focuses on solar energy and is renovating seven departments with rooftop solar cells with battery solutions. The residents thus get green electricity. These measures are part of the association's "energy and sustainability strategy", which the main board has adopted. It also includes the establishment of a green ambassador initiative. Residents are asked to help promoting the green transition.
The Energibyerne (national SmartEnCity Network) met virtually in the beginning of November 2020 for two-day marathon discussion. The meeting was originally planned to be with physical participation, however, due to the then recent Covid-19 recommendations from the Danish government the meeting was held entirely virtually. Guest speakers from EASME, Covenant of Mayors and the Brussels’ Regional offices of Denmark were invited to talk about future and existing collaboration platforms, funding programs and opportunities.
Read the new Bulletin and find out about the national SmartEnCity Networks in Estonia and Denmark and an overall update from the EU-wide SmartEnCity Network.COVID-19 is no longer slowing down the Networks ambitions for creating joint actions.
With the beginning of 2021, another important milestone has been reached in SmartEnCity Lighthouse City Vitoria Gasteiz: The indoor works of the new District Heating Network have been publicly tendered and awarded.
In the first weeks of January, all residents of the renovated apartment buildings in the Tartu SmartEnCity pilot area received the “Smart house resident’s handbook” offering instructions on how to use and maintain the new technologies and how to make the most out of their smart homes.
On 9 December, SmartEnCity Project Coordinator Francisco Rodríguez (TECNALIA) took part in the Plenary Assembly of the ECTP’s Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Committee.
Last November, SmartEnCity Project was present in the “7th Spanish nZEB Congress”. The Congress’ book of abstracts is now published containing two papers related to SmartEnCity and Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz.
DPArquitectura magazine is a professional publication designed by and for architects as a service to professionals in the building sector in Spain and has shown interest in SmartEnCity project, in particular to the measures in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz.